HARRISON – The 2019 race took place last Saturday morning at Mid-Michigan College in Harrison. The race consisted teams made up of four members each. The interesting variation of this style race is that the team members must start and stay together at the start of the race, and one by one they turn around at the half point of their individual distance. The format allows for runners of varying ability to compete on the same team. Strategy is important because the teams have to settle into a pace that is manageable for the entire team.
Each team has a runner competing at one of the distances: 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 miles and 31 miles. All of the runners must stay together until they get to the 2.5-mile mark where the 5-mile runner turns around. The same thing happens at the 5-mile, 10-mile and so forth. When all four runners finish their legs of the race the total time is tabulated. Individual medals are also awarded for all four distances bringing strategy into play. Does everyone race hard from the beginning to give the five-mile runner a chance to win? Or do you pace the entire team hoping for a team win?
This years winners in the team race were: Bensover – a team made up of Kirsten Olling (5), Parker Hayes (10), Josh Stryker (20), Griffin Bohannon (31) in a time of 7:34:48. Individual distance winners were:
Kristen Olling 5-miles 0:38:06
Parker Hayes 10-miles 1:01:24
Josh Stryker 20-miles 2:14:46
Griffin Bohannon 31-miles 3:44:21